Not taking coronavirus seriously enough can get you sidelined from athletic events. The new Major League Baseball rule is now in effect at the University of Louisville.
A day after the school revealed 29 student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19 after attending an off-campus party, UofL announced that the three men’s soccer players who hosted the party have been kicked off the team. This was not the players’ first offense. Men’s soccer coach John Michael Hayden suspended three other players who were involved in the incident.
“I fully support John Michael’s decision,” said UofL Director of Athletics Vince Tyra. “It is clear that these student-athletes did not meet the code of conduct of the university or their team. Ignoring the safety protocols issued by federal, state and local officials, as well as the athletic department, is unacceptable and dangerous. Their history of actions are not in alignment with the values of this university and athletics department.”
The swift action has set precedent at UofL. There’s no telling if other schools will follow their lead.